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75 Percent of Virginia Voters Support Smoke-Free Workplaces
Date:1/30/2008

step up to the plate and join the growing momentum across the nation to pass smoke-free laws that protect everyone from the serious health hazards of secondhand smoke."

In addition to the strong support for smoke-free workplace legislation, other findings of the survey include:

-- Voters said they would be more likely to visit restaurants and bars if the smoke-free law is enacted. While 32 percent said they would go out to bars and restaurants more often if all bars and restaurants in the state were smoke-free, just 6 percent said they would go out less. Sixty-one percent said they would not change how often they go out to bars and restaurants.

-- Voters recognize that exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful. More than eight out of 10 Virginia voters (85 percent) believe that exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful, with 64 percent of voters believing that it is a serious health hazard.

-- Voters feel all workers should be protected from secondhand smoke. Eighty-eight (88) percent of voters agree that all workers in the state should be protected from exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace.

-- Voters place priority on the right of customers and workers to breathe clean air in restaurants and bars. Eighty-two percent of voters (including a 58 percent majority of smokers) believe that the right of customers and employees to breathe clean air in restaurants and bars is more important than the right of smokers to smoke in these places.

Virginia voters also feel that the state's hospitality establishments would be healthier and more enjoyable if they were smoke-free. Nearly nine out of 10 voters (87 percent) believe that these places would be healthier, and 86 percent want to be able to enjoy restaurants and bars in the state without smelling like smoke at the end of the evening.

"These findings help explain why virtually every objective economic study ever conducted on the subject shows that smoke-fre
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